Many people have preconceived notions about hypnosis and hypnotherapy that are often far different from reality. At Pathway Hypnotherapy & Intuitive Counseling, LLC., I want to correct and demystify most popular misconceptions about hypnosis.
Myth #1: A hypnotist is a person gifted with special, mystical or unusual powers.
Truth: A hypnotist does not have any unusual or mystical powers. A well-trained hypnotist understands that a person hypnotizes himself. The hypnotherapist uses the effective delivery of suggestions to facilitate an altered state of mind and teaches the client to bring about, or self-induce, the hypnotic state all for positive change.
Myth #2: My mind will be controlled.
Truth: In hypnosis, YOU are fully in control and aware AT ALL TIMES. You will never do anything against your will or moral code of ethics. You will remember everything that happens.
Myth #3: I can’t be hypnotized; I’m not gullible enough.
Truth: More than 90 percent of people can be successfully put into hypnosis. However, you have to “want” to be hypnotized for it to happen.
Myth #4: I’ve tried hypnosis in the past and it didn’t work.
Truth: It usually takes three to six sessions to resolve a given issue. For hypnosis to be effective, you must be willing to accept suggestion, be free from fear and be free from the need to be in control.
Myth #5: I’m going to get “stuck” in the hypnotic state.
Truth: No one has remained indefinitely in a hypnotic state; it can be terminated at will. It is as simple as opening your eyes.
Myth #6: When hypnotized, a person is not aware of his surroundings.
Truth: In hypnosis, awareness is increased. You are aware of everything going on around you and what is being said to you, and you can reject any suggestion that is given to you at any time.
Myth #7: A person must be in a deep hypnotic state to be helped.
Truth: You do not need to be in a deep state of hypnosis to benefit from it. Beneficial results can come from taking suggestions while in a light trance.